Lisa Lopes Car Accident
March 9, 2012 by staff
Lisa Lopes Car Accident, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, member of hip-hop R&B group TLC, was killed in a car accident Thursday in Honduras, her record label reported early Friday. She was 30.
The head-on collision on a treacherous two-lane country road occurred shortly before 6 p.m. outside La Ceiba, a town on the Atlantic coast, said Carlos Bakota, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy.
Lopes, who was driving, died instantly, he said.
The singer was one of eight people in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Three members of Egypt, a new band, were taken to Dantoni Hospital in La Ceiba.
She would have turned 31 next month, according to her Web site.
In an interview on CNN’s “TalkBack Live,” Lopes’ fellow TLC band members, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, remembered her as a loving, big-hearted, multi-talented woman.
“She was our sister, you know?” said Thomas. “And no matter what we went through, we’re sisters. You know sisters argue, and they kiss and make up and that’s just how our relationship was…Through us, people will always remember Lisa. We’ll always be a group. It doesn’t stop.”
“And she’ll never be replaced,” added Watkins.
Lopes was on vacation in the Central American country, a place she often visited, said TLC manager Bill Diggins. He received a phone call late Thursday from authorities in Honduras, reporting the accident. Diggins said seven other people were in the vehicle at the time of the accident and no one else was injured. He was told that Lopes was killed instantly.
“No words can possibly express the sorrow and sadness I feel for this most devastating loss,” said Antonio “L.A.” Reid, president and CEO of Arista Records, who has known the group for about 10 years. “Lisa was not only a gifted and talented musical inspiration, but more importantly, she was like a daughter to me. My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa’s family and friends. Her legacy will be remembered forever.”
TLC formed in 1991, when Lopes was 20. The group was developed and first managed by Perri “Pebbles” Reid, an R&B star known for her hits “Girlfriend” and “Mercedes Boy” and then married to L.A. Reid.
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